Sleek and rustic in a Sydney bachelor pad

G'day! When I went to bed last night there was a howling gale outside, the wind was whipping the Baltic sea into a frenzy and rattling at our windows.  And then when I woke up it was eerily still  - as if to say "who me?!" This is what I love most about living by the water! And some 16,000 km away  - our Australian friends are also being buffeted by the elements, albeit by the deep blue of the pacific ocean. The owners of this wonderful bachelor pad in the Sydney coastal suburb of Queenscliff sought the assistance of talented interior designer Jillian Dinkel. Jillian takes cues from  'the relaxed bohemian ocean-side lifestyle of Sydney to create a strong connection and flow between the indoors and out' and works to strike a balance between creating an inviting space, which is also aesthetically beautiful. I certainly think she's achieved just that in this wonderful home, don't you?

Design and styling: Jillian Dinkel Designs. Photography - Hannah Blackmore Photography. found via Desire to Inspire with thanks.  

What a beautiful space? I love the combination of sleek modern and raw, rough wood, antique rugs and shaggy sheepskins.

Also, how fab is that bench in the hallway? I've got a very similar one at the end of my bed which I picked up here.

Is there anything that stands out to you?

Get the look: sitting room - I like this blue kilim pillow / cushion, source a vintage beni ourain rug here, Kara Rosenlund sells lovely photo art of the ocean. Dining room - Aesop hand soap, this taupe sheepskin is similar. Bedroom - I love this olive green linen bedding and midnight blue bedding (I have the same blue linen in my bedroom - so cosy!). Hallway - source a vintage kilim rug here, large round mirror (seeing a lot of these right now!).

I've featured so many beautiful Australian homes - a few of the most swoon-worthy include my dream holiday home (and garden room), a super relaxed boho cottage, and a charming family home.

Loving the relaxed style - I really, really must visit Oz soon, my visit is long overdue! Have you been? Or perhaps you live there, in which case you're extremely lucky! 

Have a lovely day!


  1. Beautiful home they live in, your friends:-)

    1. Isn't it just? I don't know them personally but the designer Jillian Dinkel was kind enough to let me share the photos.

  2. Love this space - always inspired by Australian style. Loved the modern leather chairs around the rustic dining table❤❤❤

    1. I love Australian design too! And those leather chairs.... :)

  3. Nice space!
    One question: do you alwys ask the owner of the pics or the real estator webside or else if you can use their pics or tips for inspiration? I also would like to show othres what inspires me, but am unsure about copywright and stuff (of course I always will post the references). Thanks!

    1. Hi Sonja, great questions. It's always best to drop the photographer a mail to check if it's OK to share images to ensure you're not infringing any copyright and also jeopardizing someone's income (sometimes photographers are looking to resell images and once they appear on blogs they are unable to do so). In this instance I checked with the interior designer Jillian Dinkel (the images were on her website) and she was kind enough to grant permission.

  4. I love images of Australian interiors, they are among my favourites. I love this place and I wish I had enough light to paint a room (or at least a wall) black. The one thing that I would steal from this home is the tribal rug in the last pic (and when I was at it, I would grab the bench as well).
    If you Australian house tours, visit - a lovely blog where I often go to day-dream.

    1. Sorry Niki, I hope it's not against the rules to post a URL to another blog. I hope I did not offend you!


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